Apple crop tops $2B in sales

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Apples were worth more than $2 billion to Washington farmers in 2012, the first crop in state history to cross that threshold.

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that was 16.5 percent more than in 2011, and the increase was fueled by a big increase in Washington production and catastrophic weather problems in the competing states of New York and Michigan.

The USDA says apples, with a record nearly 129-million-bushel fresh crop, were valued at $2.25 billion in 2012.


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